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Private Edwin Frank Conington was the son of Edward and Mary Conington of The Rosery, Ryhall, and was born on 25 August 1898. Before enlisting with the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 1 August 1916 he worked at the engineering works of Messrs Blackstone of Stamford. He transferred to the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and went out to France on 1 October 1917. He was killed instantly by a piece of shrapnel during the big German attack on 21 March 1918, at Pozieres. This village was held by the 7th Leicesters who managed to keep the Germans out. Once, by using flame-throwers, the Germans gained a foothold among the houses, but the Battalion counter-attacked and regained the position. Edwin's Captain wrote: "Pte. Conington fought exceedingly well on the 21st. His Officer gave him very high praise indeed, and we were all sorry he was killed." He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, panel 30, and also in Ryhall church. After the war his parents were recorded as living in West View Terrace, King's Road, Stamford.

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  • Ryhall Memorial 1
  • Ryhall Memorial 2
  • Pozieres Memorial 1
  • Pozieres Memorial 3
  • Panel 29 & 30 Conington
  • E F Conington

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